Definition of fracture in English:


Line breaks: frac|ture
Pronunciation: /ˈfraktʃə


[mass noun]
  • 2 Phonetics The replacement of a simple vowel by a diphthong owing to the influence of a following sound, typically a consonant.
  • 2.1 [count noun] A diphthong substituted by fracture.


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  • 1Break or cause to break: [no object]: the stone has fractured [with object]: ancient magmas fractured by the forces of wind and ice
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    • His characters are fractured, broken people, who find happiness too late and too unsatisfactorily, if at all.
    • Broken columns of rock fractured from the face are tumbled like a game of jackstraws below.
    • This inequality leads to fracturing within the stone and eventual disintegration.
    break, snap, crack, cleave, rupture, shatter, smash, smash to smithereens, fragment, splinter, split, separate, burst, blow out; sever, divide, tear, rend; disintegrate, fall to bits, fall to pieces
    informal bust
    rare shiver
  • 1.1 [with object] Sustain a fracture of (a bone): (as adjective fractured) a fractured skull
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    • The scaphoid is the most commonly fractured bone of the wrist.
    • The mammalian liver can regenerate if a part of it is removed, the antlers of male deer regenerate each year, and fractured bones can mend by a regenerative process.
    • She has never required any surgical procedures or fractured any bones.
    broken, cracked, splintered, shattered, ruptured
  • 1.2(With reference to a group or organization) split or fragment and become unable to function or exist: [no object]: the movement had fractured without his leadership
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    • But the splits that fractured the women's movement are hairline cracks compared with the schisms within the Pankhurst family itself.
    • By the time he had resigned from his position he'd fractured the organization in two and been accused by his own department as being ‘dangerous’.
    • Generations are split up and badly fractured like never before.
  • 1.3 (as adjective fractured) (Of speech or a language) faltering and full of mistakes; broken: they’d misinterpreted his fractured English
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    • But in China these days, fractured French and its equally mal-appropriate cousins are no laughing matter.
    • Half-understood insults and ironic declarations of love converge into a disorienting swirl of fractured English and pidgin Arabic.
    • On the other hand, I love sketching building plans and am well capable of pursuing recalcitrant plumbers and joiners in fractured French.


late Middle English: from French, or from Latin fractura, from frangere 'to break'.

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